I accomplished quite a bit this week. It’s because my childcare kiddos weren’t here and thank goodness they weren’t. I needed the time to work on this quilt. It’s the tulip quilt that is scheduled to be in American Patchwork and Quilting in the Spring of 2022…but it needs to be finished by March 15th. Oh my.
This quilt has been a comedy of cutting errors that hasn’t been very funny. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever made so many miscuts in my entire life. There is nothing wrong with the pattern…nothing wrong with the design. Everything is wrong with me!!
I cut too many red-colored pieces for the center of the nine-patch blocks. Like 25 too many. Oh my. My cutting errors didn’t end there.
I somehow cut double the amount of rectangles needed for the nine-patch blocks. That left me with not enough fabric for the setting triangles. UGH. Nowhere local had Bella Solid Porcelain. I ended up ordering from Whittles Fabrics. The gals there were GREAT!! I highly recommend them for online fabric. If you are looking for a Bella Solid or Grunge fabric, they have them all! The prices are great too. You can find them HERE.
I ordered from them Monday and the fabric was here in Thursday’s mail. I got the whole thing sewn into strips with no setting triangles. Here the strips are waiting for fabric.
Then I decided I could cut the fabric I had and I could make as many setting triangles as possible. Then I could at least get a few rows sewn together.
Well, then the next cutting error. I cut corner triangles thinking they were side triangles. I honestly screamed.
About then I realized, “Jo, you really bit off a lot. This quilt is too big and won’t fit on your frame!! What were you thinking??” Yes, I talk to myself. That’s when I decided I better message Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations and see if she could bump me into her schedule. I just hated to do that but what could I do. The quilt was too big for my frame.
So many messages back and forth to Carla and she said yes. Now the pressure was on me to get it to her ASAP.
While waiting for the fabric to come I decided to move on to my next deadline quilt… I managed to get three blocks done… I love these. So here’s your clue on this quilt. It’s going to be scrappy!! HA!
Thursday the fabric came. I had to clear off the next project and get back to the tulip quilt. I sat myself down at the sewing machine and sewed and sewed until it was together as a top. I went to iron and guess what?? I turned one block in the quilt and had to rip the block out. Of course, it was in the center of the quilt. UGH.
I was up until 9:30 trying to get it finished and ironed. I made it. But then I needed the backing and that was another task. I didn’t order enough fabric. BLAH. Seriously…I love this quilt but I just couldn’t do anything right with it.
The back was finished Friday morning and I messaged Carla that it was ready. Before I passed my baby on for quilting, I snapped a few photos. I love comparing the top only to the quilted tops. This is your sneak look…
Carla picked the quilt up on Friday and now it’s her baby and I don’t have to worry about it. YAHOO.
I went back to my next deadline quilt I’m calling Maker’s Market. The blocks finish at 9 x 9 and I need 81 of them. I’m going to keep clipping along on this one. I don’t want to be teetering on the deadline quite so close on this one.
Here I have a bunch of blocks cut. There are only 48 here. Each stack has three blocks that are cut out in it.
I ended up getting the rest cut out. It wasn’t the easiest cutting them out. There really wasn’t a fast way to do it.
I have more blocks made…this is just 12 of the 81 I need to make. I’ll keep plugging along.
I’ve abandoned all of my other sewing putting all of my efforts into this one. As I said, I don’t want to run the deadline quite so close on this project…plus, I have a HUGE case of wanting to spring clean. I’m making myself hold off on that until this quilt is done…and I need to stop and get my taxes done too. Oh my, what a busy time!
That’s where I am this week…Next week I hope to have a minimum of 30 blocks complete. We’ll see…The blocks aren’t speedy blocks to sew and I have quite a few other things on my plate too!